Are_you_okay?! and everyone else. Amazing Spider-Man #648, the start of Big Time comes out next Wednesday! :party:
Just going by the Slott interview I posted earlier - http://www.spidermancrawlspace.com/wordpress/2010/09/24/podcast-111-dan-slott-interview/ - I don’t think that Brubaker has that much power over the way people use the Captain Americas (Steve and Bucky) and not in the way Slott will have over Spidey. He really will become like another Bendis in that regard, it’s not the same as the control Brubaker has. Which is still significant but it’s not the same I think. Obviously, I’m not 100% sure but this is how it looks right now.
People will consult Brubaker like JMS did when he did the Thor story to comemorate his death, but Bendis can still go crazy in Avengers Prime and use him however because he’s still Bendis. I don’t think Bendis has to consult Bru much regarding how he uses Bucky either. Arguably Spider-Man and his cast of characters are probably much more important for Marvel then Cap’s crew.
Slott said that Bendis warned him that having that much control over characters and the universe is incredibly stressful and he has no idea what he has gotten himself into. Slott said that so far he’s having a blast and he’s not seeing what Bendis is complaining about.
Anyway sometimes, “What they can do for X character” boils down to “What you are allowed to do for X character” especially with Marvel and DC. Not all the times but with major characters it comes down to this and a lot of other things. Sometimes say, if you want to write a story of oh I dunno Magneto getting his arm blown off as a stupid example well if three other writers have plans for Magneto then it’s not a story you can tell, at the very least not at this time and not with that character.
Slott did have one conflict with the Spidey Brain Trust over Menace’s reveal (it was supposed to be another character entirely) and that’s the only thing he will cough up to (and to be fair, it’s probably the only real hiccup). Now with him being the only writer obstacles like that are out of his way.
I think at this point both Bru and Slott can do whatever they want with their characters, within reason. Spider-Man has always been under heavy editorial scrutiny, but Wacker is pretty easy going with this kind of stuff it seems. That and really the opinions of Bru and Slott seem to echo the opinions of JQ and crew anyway most of the time. Probably not too many obstacles in either of their paths.